Families says it was a hate crime.
The Ramallah Friends School says three of its graduates who went to study in US, were shoted near Vermont’s University Campus in Burlington, Vermont this Saturday evening.
The victims identified as Hisham Awartani, Kinnan Abdalhamid and Tahseen Ali Ahmad, are three college students, two of them with American-Palestinian dual citizenship, and one is a legal resident.
“As parents, we are devastated by the horrific news that our children were targeted and shot in Burlington, VT. At this time, our primary concern is their full recovery and that they receive the critical medical support they need to survive. We are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our children,” the victims’ parents said in a joint statement on X.
“We call on law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation, including treating this as a hate crime. We will not be comfortable until the shooter is brought to justice. We need to ensure that our children are protected, and this heinous crime is not repeated,” they added.